Blues Festival Basel — Good Neighbour Blues

Volkshaus Basel
Thursday, 18 April

This double-header evening will be dedicated to blues bands from neighboring countries — namely, Germany and France.

The Michael Oertel Band from Germany has a passion for diversity that is reflected in the band’s concerts and albums. Quickly tired of doing the same thing, they dedicate themselves to the constant search for new timbres and ways to use Oertel's distinctive voice. Since 2020, the band has increasingly devoted itself to its roots in blues and rock and pairs them with occasional electronic influences in order to generate the greatest possible variety for the listener. They put their own, modern stamp on traditional blues with creativity and the best craftsmanship and also make the audience dance and dream with rock, funk, and folk sounds. This mixture completely convinced the jury at the last Promo Blues Night in December 2022; as a result, the band from southern Baden will open the European blues evening with “Good Neighbors.” (

Manu Lanvin & The Devil Blues from France (FR): After three albums, released between 2000 and 2006 and mostly containing rock songs, Manu Lanvin found his way into the blues with le Devil Blues—a power trio that suits him perfectly. With the release of the album "Mauvais Casting" in 2012, successes and special events came at a rapid pace for the "Franco-national bluesman." In 2013 he played 120 (!) concerts on renowned stages in Europe and the United States (Olympia, Apollo Theater, Montreux Jazz Festival, etc.). This was followed by a joint invitation from Claude Nobs and Quincy Jones to perform in New York at the Jazz Foundation of America galas. He also represented France in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in 2014 and won the “Cognac Blues Passions” prize in July 2015. “Blues, Booze and Rock'n'Roll” (2016) earned Manu Lanvin praise from the music press and recognition from experts. Manu was also nominated as best male actor for the “Globes de Cristal 2017”—finally, a bluesman appeared among the big names on the French music scene! (

Tickets range from CHF 56.90 for standing-room tickets to CHF 77.40 for the best seats and CHF 97.50 for reserved table seating with service. Die-hard blues lovers can benefit from the Blues Festival 3-day pass for CHF 132.50, which grants standing-room entry for the duration of the festival (not including the Sunday brunch).


Volkshaus Basel
Rebgasse 12-14
4058 Basel

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